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God does not ask your
ability, or your inability.
He asks only your availability.

Mary Kay Ash


Communication with God--prayer--is a two-way conversation.  It is not just the voicing of praise and petitions, but often communion.  Sitting in silence with God, listening for whatever He may want to say.  Simply enjoy the fact that He is, and you are, and you have a relationship with Him.  These special moments with God are when His fresh breezes can enter your heart and refresh you.



As a countenance is made beautiful by the soul's shining through it, so the world is made beautiful by the shining through it of God.

Johann Georg Jacobi

We are close to God when we are close to people.  If we think of God as something in favor of the betterment of human beings, and if we act in a way that brings about that betterment--if we do not cling to riches, selfishness, or greed--then I believe we are getting closer to God.

Daniel Ortega
Were there no God we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts and no one to thank.

Christina Rossetti

How can you expect God to speak in that gentle and inward voice which melts the soul, when you are making so much noise with your rapid reflections?  Be silent and God will speak again.

Francois Fenelon


Have unlimited vision under God.  Have enthusiasm and faith in what
God can do.  Without this vision you will become discouraged with
the situation at hand; with it you will know that with God all things
are possible.  Beginning with things as they are and having the
vision of what God can do, you will make an unbeatable team.

Henrietta Mears


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That has been my personal relationship with God--a connection
with the powerful, loving, wise energy in all of us, in all
creation.  It is the life force itself.  We can all have contact
with it each moment in our lives, but it takes commitment
and practice.  We must be willing to move through all
our deepest fears, doubts, and misunderstandings.

Shakti Gawain


There is no need to invent an ego that is separate from the
divine if our basic human nature is trusted.  If we trust ourselves,
we know how to avoid interfering with nature and how to live in
harmony.  When we know God as an unseen, loving, and
accepting power at the heart of everything, allowing us to
make our own choices, then God is a trusted part of our nature.

Wayne Dyer


We need not wings to go in search of Him, but have only to find a place
where we can be alone--and look upon Him present within us.

Teresa of Avila


The surest way to determine whether one possesses the love of God is
to see whether he or she loves his or her neighbor.  These two loves
are never separated.  Rest assured, the more you progress in love
of neighbor the more your love of God will increase.

Teresa of Avila


Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow,
and to love Him as they love their cow—for the milk and cheese
and profit it brings them.  This is how it is with people who love God
for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort.

Meister Eckhart


Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything.  Unless in the
first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back
and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the
door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every
public thing will be stamped with the presence of God.

Oswald Chambers



It is good and true to think that every ray of the sun touching the earth
has the sun at the other end of it.  Just so, every bit of love
upon God’s earth has God at the other end of it.

Mark Guy Pearse


The belief that a personal life exists apart from God creates experience
disconnected from God.  This is painful and frustrating.  Our spiritual
work is to break down the illusion that we have a life here and
that a life of God is somewhere else.

Michael Beckwith


Science cannot answer the deepest questions.  As soon as you ask why
there is something instead of nothing, you have gone beyond science.
I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos.  There has
to be some organizing principle.  God to me is the explanation for the
miracle of existence–why there is something instead of nothing.

Allan R. Sandage (Cosmologist)


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If there is a beginning point in spiritual development, it is the choice
one makes to become useful to God and, therefore, to others.  I have a right
to make this choice because I begin with the assumption that having been
made by God, I am alive for a purpose.

Gail MacDonald


Remember that God’s love for you is absolutely steadfast, and
unlike humans, he does not give or take away his love based on
your performance or your qualifications.  It will not take God by
surprise when you discover an area in your life that is less than
what it should be.  He knows it already, and even knowing all
there is to know about you, his love and concern
for you have not budged one inch.

Mary Whelchel


We mustn't reserve communing with God just for morning and evening prayers,
or for weekly worship service, or for when we feel burdened. The goal is to realize
that every moment is a meditation. Allow yourself to marvel at the wonder of God's work
all around us. Throughout your day, let the sun, a tree, a piece of fruit remind you
that everything you could ever want has been provided and can be found right here
on earth. While changing the baby's diaper, give thanks for the miracle of creation
you hold in your hands. . . . The moment you begin to consider God first
in everything you do, the world around you softens and your life becomes easier
You'll feel healthier, happier and at peace with yourself.

Susan L. Taylor


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There is a place for analysis, but it is apt to be quite fatal in prayer
and meditation.  Do not dissect the love of God, but feel it.  Do not
dissect divine intelligence, but realize it.  Do not wonder how God
can possibly solve this problem, but just watch Him do it in His
own way—and He will if you will give Him a chance.  You know that
God is Love.  So go ahead on that, and do not get theoretical about it.

Emmet Fox

A personal relationship with God enhances life.  First, it enables us to accept
our limitations without being frustrated by them.  It assures us that
problems we can't solve are not necessarily insoluble.  Second, when
we need it, God offers us a sense of forgiveness, a sense of cleansing
from our incompleteness. . . .  Last and perhaps most important,
a personal relationship with God redeems us from the fear of death.
We needn't be afraid that all our good deeds will vanish when we die.

Harold Kushner


If you find it difficult to love the human in someone, then love the divine
in him or her.  The divine in that person is God.  God exists in that person
just as God exists in you.  To love God is extremely easy because God is
divine and perfect.  Each time you look at an individual, if you can consciously
become aware of God’s existence in him or her, then you will
not be disturbed by his or her imperfections or limitations.

Sri Chinmoy


God does not dispense strength and encouragement like a druggist
fills your prescription.  The Lord doesn't promise to give us something
to take so we can handle our weary moments.  He promises us Himself.
That is all.  And that is enough.

Charles Swindoll


My relationship with God developed at an early age.  I was raised on a remote little ranch,
where I had for company and for the fullness of my life three other humans and an enormous
amount of animals and land and sky and wind.  As a child, my experience of God included
everything—a love of the whole beauty around me.  And the country was so beautiful:
mountains that ended in aspen groves and streams, thick with wild animals and game
of all kinds.  One time I said to my mother, “You know, I think heaven is just like this,
only the animals would speak to us; they wouldn’t be afraid of us.”

Brooke Medicine Eagle


God has no office hours.  There is never a time of day when God is
unavailable.  Day or night, summer or winter, God is always present—
always ready to heal, to comfort, to inspire.  It is not possible that
you could turn to God in prayer without receiving help.  It is not
possible that you could ever find yourself anywhere where God was
not fully present, fully active, able and willing to set you free from
any difficulty.  The one thing that is required is that you shall turn
to Him whole-heartedly, and that you shall expect Him to act. . . .
If you turn to God in prayer, without tension, without vehemence,
but quietly, steadily, and persistently, results will come.

Emmet Fox

For it is God’s love that warms me in the sun and God’s love that sends
the cold rain.  It is God’s love that feeds me in the bread I eat and God
that feeds me also by hunger and fasting.  It is the love of God that sends
the winter days when I am cold and sick, and the hot summer when I
labor and my clothes are full of sweat: but it is God Who breathes on me
with light winds off the river and in the breezes out of the wood.  His love
spreads the shade of the sycamore over my head and sends the water-boy
along the edge of the wheat field with a bucket from the spring, while the
laborers are resting and the mules stand under the tree.
It is God’s love that speaks to me in the birds and streams; but also behind
the clamor of the city God speaks to me in His judgments, and all these things
are seeds sent to me from His will.
If these seeds would take root in my liberty, and if His will would grow from
my freedom, I would become the love that He is, and my harvest would
be His glory and my own joy.

Thomas Merton
New Seeds of Contemplation


God is the sunshine that warms us, the rain that melts the frost and
waters the young plants.  The presence of God is a climate of
strong and bracing love, always there.

Joan Arnold

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We are aware of God only when we cease to be aware of
ourselves, not in the negative sense of denying the self,
but in the sense of losing self in admiration and joy.

May Sarton
Journal of a Solitude

God is the country of the spirit, and each of us is given a little holding
of ground in that country; it is our duty to explore that holding to gain
certain impressions by such exploring, to stabilize as laws the most
valuable of these impressions, and, as far as we can, to abide by them.

Dylan Thomas


God is Love, and whenever you reach out in loving kindness, you
are expressing God.  God is Truth, and whenever you seek truth,
you are seeking God.  God is Beauty, and whenever you touch the
beauty of a flower or a sunset, you are touching God.  God is the
Intelligence that creates all and sustains all and binds all together
and gives life to all.  Yes, God is the Essence of all.  So you are within
God and God is within you--you could not be where God is not.
Permeating all is the law of God--physical law and spiritual law.
Disobey it and you feel unhappiness--you feel separated from God.
Obey it and you feel harmony--you feel close to God.

Peace Pilgrim



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